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Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers - 3/26/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Florida Panthers at Montreal Canadiens
Date & Time Tuesday March 26, 2019, 7:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Centre Bell
Montreal, Quebec
The Line
The Line: Florida Panthers +155 / Montreal Canadiens -186 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
FSFL, TSN2
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The Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Centre Bell.

The Florida Panthers could use a win here after losing four of their last five games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 27.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with 35 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 59 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 191 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 107 goals on 1,054 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 90 goals on 920 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.

The Montreal Canadiens look for a victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 12.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 33 goals, Max Domi has 41 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 181 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 150 goals on 1,810 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 61 goals on 539 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed two or less goals in six of their last seven games.

The Panthers are 20-43 in their last 63 games as a road underdog, 2-7 in their last 9 games as an underdog and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Canadiens are 7-2 in their last 9 games as a home favorite, 10-4 in their last 14 games as a favorite and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Panthers last 5 overall. The under is 25-10-2 in Canadiens last 37 overall.

The Florida Panthers continue to get destroyed defensively and it's not going to help playing on the end of a back to back. The Montreal Canadiens have scored a combined 12 goals in their last three games and are one of the most aggressive teams in hockey when it comes to getting shots off. The Canadiens have also been money as a home favorite these past few weeks. While able to steal a win here and there in the underdog role, it's hard to trust them and their lack of defense. I'll lay the price with Montreal at home.

Pick:
Montreal Canadiens -186

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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